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Public health centers to be bypassed for advice on COVID-19 testing during flu season

  • September 5, 2020
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All national dailies reported on Saturday that in order to avoid a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal flu this winter, the Health Ministry has decided that people experiencing fever will be able to directly consult with their neighborhood doctors online about PCR testing without checking first with local public health centers, which has been the standard procedure until now. As many people tend to experience high fever with influenza, there are strong concerns among health experts that public health centers will be overwhelmed with people seeking medical advice during the flu season since it is difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza.

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